What are the causes of lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)?

Updated: Oct 30, 2018
  • Author: Bryant James Walrod, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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See the list below:

  • Poor general conditioning leads to fatigue of the core and shoulder muscles, which puts an overemphasis on the extensor muscles of the forearm.

  • Improper training (eg, poor positioning when striking a tennis ball)

  • Improper technique (eg, hitting a tennis ball late on the backhand)

  • Poor or improper equipment (eg, a racquet that is strung too tightly)

  • Scapular dyskinesis will lead to a compensatory increased load placed on the ipsilateral wrist extensors.

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